Michael Tauschinger-Dempsey

Out of Service


My focus on weaponized technology has inspired me to develop my own weapon systems, thereby mimicking and recreating the aesthetics of the arms fetish that is uniquely popular (and stringently protected) only in the United States.

Americans have a very distinctive relationship to weapons, no doubt owing to the United States’ rebellious explorer history and the right to keep and bear arms clause included in the original Bill of Rights and later added as a Constitutional Amendment.

I was also influenced by the aesthetics of “homemade” weapons confiscated in prisons, which demonstrate that the U.S. society is thoroughly and significantly weaponized from top to bottom. The unprecedented frequency of office, casual domestic, drive-by and school shootings prove this point.

My hope is for this thesis installation to stimulate spectators’ critical reflection about the questionable necessity of weapons, particularly as accessories to our daily lives, and the inclination of technological innovation towards new modes of destruction and control of the citizenry.

My artistic weapon systems allude to these issues by way of contextualization. The Home-Depot aesthetic of my fictional gun shop is a graphic foray, bathed in black humor, into the culture of weapons fetishization.

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Stephen Cooke

Students in Digital + Media reach outside of traditional artistic spheres. They examine what’s going on in the world of science, or the world of history for example. They draw those disciplines back into their practice.

Lisa Iaboni

Digital images are unique because they are transient.

Their meanings will change over time and in space. As digital images start to represent more of the world around us, I am excited to continue to work with what Hito Steyerl refers to as the “poor” image.

The decade long transformation of image production from analog to completely digital methods is a radical shift not only in photographic media, but in communication and meaning. “Photo gold” doesn’t always have to be found: it can be created.

I am not entirely giving up on taking my own pictures. I will get back to it at a some point. But for now, it seems like every time I look through my camera’s viewfinder there is someone in my composition taking a photo.

Finding Photo Gold

Janet Shih

spiritual, transparent, kawaii, dreams

spiritual, transparent, kawaii, dreams is a triptych of images taken from online communities (specifically Tumblr). It applies the images seen linearly on online platforms into a traditional composition, calling for the process of scanning and interpretation by the audience.

It attempts to combine our online perceptions into a representation of those images in our worldviews, asking: when does the offering become the deity?

Janet Shih: spiritual, transparent, kawaii, dreams

Jen Liese

I taught D+M thesis writing courses in 2009 and 2010. I came from a contemporary art criticism background and I thought, I’d better get my act together on this specialization. I read all I could on new media to prepare.

As it turned out, the students’ work and research interests were as broad as could be: they were engaged with the body, the mind, aesthetics, identity, time, globalization, and outer space. There was in fact no difference between their scope and that of the wider field. If there is a perceptible distinction among D+M students, I would say it is an extra-heightened, hyper-questioning consciousness of the most mysterious experiences of being human today.

Neil Salley

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By immersing the visitor in a symbolic spectacle for the senses, the Musée attempts to take them on a journey to the outer parameters of our culturally and technologically shaped perceptual sphere, into a world not unlike a child’s creation. A dream world, manifested as a means to rediscover the real world, which is ultimately revealed as yet another dream world.*

*Paraphrasing the words of Paul Feyerabend; the answer is clear: we cannot discover it from the inside. We need an external standard of criticism, we need a set of alternative assumptions or, as these assumptions will be quite general, constituting, as it were, an entire alternative world, we need a dream world in order to discover the features of the real world we think we inhabit (and may actually just be another dream world).” Against Method, Verso, London, New York: 1975, (third edition) p.22.

Musée Patamécanique

Jason Huff

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We are super connected. Every passing moment presents unimagined opportunities. Does that sound utopian? Yes. Welcome to the new economy of ideas, where you can search for the next everything. Welcome to paradox. Welcome to burnout. Welcome to endless opportunities.Huff_TECH_INCRIT_Diagram1

Are We Not Drawn Onward To A New Era

Lisa Morgan

The written thesis is approached as a generative force and resource that feeds into, clarifies and illuminates, or consciously confounds, the studio-based practice.

Monica Ong

As an artist in digital media, I question the social hierarchies and gender roles of my multi-cultural upbringing, examining the way each generation negotiates the problems of illness, aging and death.

The heart of my inquiry lies in the overlap among the following cultures: China, the Philippines and the United States of America. The stigma and deep-seeded beliefs that originate in each society pose an urgent need to address how cultural views can be balanced to encourage better health-seeking habits in Asians and Asian-Americans, and open more dialogue in public health.

At the same time, I also investigate cultural paradigms that inform how we are valued, not simply as women, or as minorities, but as human beings. What are the values that structure our families and how do they translate across borders, especially when such intersections run down the center of our lives? The thrust of my work is aimed at encouraging the act of speaking out and untangling the knot of silence that threatens to ensnare us in cultural miscommunication.

Creating art in a format as versatile as digital media can invite inquiry and awareness on these issues in a way that can be personal yet non-threatening, while at the same time able to connect with a diverse and global public.

Speak

Lili Maya

The last two years have spawned a formal shift from painting, drawing and bookmaking to primarily digital media. Initially, I was intrigued by the idea of injecting the physicality of traditional art forms into digital media. My first experiments in digital media explored how far I could possibly bridge my history of physical art making with my present interest in emergent technology in the arts.

I was also interested in preserving the sense of immediacy and intimacy that I got from working with my hands in my small studio. I began by building tactile projection surfaces and physical interfaces and trying different approaches to video projection. It has been a challenging and sometimes frustrating journey into understanding how my art practice translates to this new medium.

Nerve Endings